The BEST Episodes of Goodnight Sweetheart

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jul 6, 2020

Network: BBC One

Gary Sparrow is an underachieving TV repairman, unhappily married to the loud and often mocking Yvonne Sparrow. However, Gary's life is changed forever upon discovering a time portal taking him back to a war-torn London, leading to an East End pub (the Royal Oak) and an attractive barmaid named Phoebe, who becomes his girlfriend. From then on, Gary leads a double life, going back and forth across time to please the two women in his life closest to his heart, but furthest apart.

Accentuate the Positive

#1 - Accentuate the Positive

Season 6 - Episode 10 - Aired Jun 21, 1999

With the war coming to an end, there are surprises in store for Gary, his two wives and Ron.

star 8.44
34 votes
Directors: Terry Kinane
Writers: Laurence Marks, Maurice Gran
Rites of Passage

#2 - Rites of Passage

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Nov 18, 1993

Lost in the East End of London, TV repairman Gary Sparrow walks down Ducketts Passage, through a time warp into 1940. In the Royal Oak pub there, without either gasmask or identity papers, he is suspected of being a spy. His eye is drawn by the barmaid Phoebe, but she is a married woman whose husband is away in the war. In the cellar during an air raid he teaches the pub regulars some songs. He also helps Eric, Phoebe's father, who is injured during the raid. But what will he tell his wife Yvonne, when, and if, he gets home?

star 8.24
157 votes
Directors: Robin Nash
Writers: Laurence Marks, Maurice Gran
When Two Worlds Collide

#3 - When Two Worlds Collide

Season 5 - Episode 3 - Aired Mar 9, 1998

Ron signs up with a dating agency. Yvonne makes a date with Gary, but when an unexploded bomb goes off in Ducketts Passage he has a problem. It is so serious that Ron misses his date to come to help. The two sides of Gary's life collide head on, and it appears that now others can travel between the 1940s and the 1990s.

star 8.18
40 votes
Have You Ever Seen a Dream Walking

#4 - Have You Ever Seen a Dream Walking

Season 5 - Episode 8 - Aired Apr 13, 1998

Gary is very unsettled after his French adventure, and he feels like he's losing his mind: he can't tell whether he's awake or asleep, dreaming or experiencing reality. Then Rolf Harris appears in one of his dreams...

star 8.11
37 votes
Directors: Robin Nash
Writers: Gary Lawson, John Phelps
My Heart Belongs to Daddy

#5 - My Heart Belongs to Daddy

Season 5 - Episode 10 - Aired Apr 27, 1998

Phoebe wants to make a career of singing, and she wants Gary to write a new song for her. When he does, he has no idea what he's started. Ron wants Gary to help him with a personal ad. A visitor to the shop surprises Gary when he realises it's his son. Gary wants to go back and change the future for Michael for the better.

star 8.05
37 votes
Directors: Robin Nash
Writers: Sam Lawrence
...But We Think You Have to Go

#6 - ...But We Think You Have to Go

Season 5 - Episode 7 - Aired Apr 6, 1998

Gary realises that he is only being used as a ploy to fool the Germans. As the Gestapo closes in on him, he is captured and is to be sent to Berlin for torture, unless he can escape first. Ron stands in for Gary on an errand for Yvonne: meeting a top model, and escorting her to a product launch - but they get sidetracked.

star 8.00
34 votes
Directors: Robin Nash
Writers: Sam Lawrence
Just in Time

#7 - Just in Time

Season 6 - Episode 6 - Aired May 23, 1999

When a workman arrives from the far future to mend a hole in the space-time corridor, Gary must decide where his future lies. He leaves the shop to Ron, who promptly sells the entire stock on credit to a strange young man.

star 8.00
37 votes
Directors: Robin Nash
Writers: Geoff Rowley
California Dreamin

#8 - California Dreamin

Season 6 - Episode 3 - Aired Apr 25, 1999

Gary has to think fast when both his wives decide it's time to move to California. Phoebe's tenancy of the Royal Oak is up, and she wants to start a new life away from the shortages of Britain, but Gary persuades her to open a night club, The Blue Door, instead. Yvonne wants to be near the expansion of her Nature Boy cosmetics into the US market, but Gary convinces her to stay with him in London. Reg retires from the police force, but his leaving party is not a success, though he does he another job immediately, as a security guard at Gary's Mayfair apartment block.

star 7.97
37 votes
Directors: Nic Phillips
Writers: Sam Lawrence
Grief Encounter

#9 - Grief Encounter

Season 6 - Episode 4 - Aired May 2, 1999

Phoebe loses her patience when Gary backs out of a part in Noël Coward's new film, because he doesn't want to be recognised in it in the 1990s. She gets a part as an extra, but does she have more than a Brief Encounter on her mind? Gary thinks so, and barges in on the set.

star 7.94
34 votes
Directors: Nic Phillips
Writers: Laurence Marks, Maurice Gran
Is Your Journey Really Necessary?

#10 - Is Your Journey Really Necessary?

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Dec 2, 1993

Gary & Yvonne argue about her preoccupation with her OU degree course and his obsession with WW2. Warning Phoebe that the bombing will start early that evening, Gary takes her to Holborn Underground station to shelter overnight. When they return to the Royal Oak next morning, he is questioned by the police. Back in their Cricklewood home, Yvonne is worried when Gary fails to return from work that evening.

star 7.91
97 votes
Directors: Robin Nash
Writers: Laurence Marks, Maurice Gran
The 'ouses in Between

#11 - The 'ouses in Between

Season 6 - Episode 5 - Aired May 16, 1999

Yvonne sells Nature Boy cosmetics for a multi-million sum. Gary travels back through the time gate in Ducketts Passage, arriving on a foggy night, where things don't look quite usual for the 1940s. At the Royal Oak, he finds it's the 1880s, hough the policeman and a music-hall singer look strangely familiar. He is accused of being Jack the Ripper when two murders occur close by on the two nights he's there. While escaping the mob, he meets the real Ripper...

star 7.86
36 votes
Directors: Nic Phillips
Writers: Geoff Rowley
Mine's a Double

#12 - Mine's a Double

Season 6 - Episode 1 - Aired Apr 11, 1999

A stormy night in the forties turns Gary's world upside down. The problem is sorting it out, particularly when everyone is seeing double.

star 7.84
38 votes
Something Fishie

#13 - Something Fishie

Season 6 - Episode 8 - Aired Jun 6, 1999

Gary and Phoebe have to deal with a protection racket, while Yvonne receives a rude surprise.

star 7.82
33 votes
Directors: Terry Kinane
Writers: Sam Lawrence
Turned Out Nice Again

#14 - Turned Out Nice Again

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Feb 5, 1996

The famous entertainer George Formby arrives at the Royal Oak wanting to record one of Gary's songs. Gary has doubts about tampering with history. Stella has a deep discussion with Yvonne about the men in her life.

star 7.80
40 votes
Directors: Robin Nash
Writers: Geoff Rowley
Don't Fence Me In

#15 - Don't Fence Me In

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired May 1, 1995

Phoebe is told that the brewery have another tenant for the Royal Oak and that she has to leave. When Mr Harrison visits her, he makes a proposition. Building work starts in Ducketts Passage, and a Portakabin blocks Gary's way when he wants to visit Phoebe to wish her a happy birthday.

star 7.80
44 votes
Directors: Robin Nash
Writers: Laurence Marks, Maurice Gran
London Pride

#16 - London Pride

Season 5 - Episode 2 - Aired Mar 2, 1998

Gary is moving up the social ladder in both eras, though not smoothly in either. Noël Coward helps Phoebe to cope with living in the West End when she has trouble with the butcher, by showing her how to improve her accent. As Yvonne's business makes her a celebrity, she plans a new house, and is invited to the Woman of the Year awards, which is followed by a party at No 10 Downing Street. Gary and Phoebe get their revenge on the butcher.

star 7.79
33 votes
Directors: Terry Kinane
Writers: Laurence Marks, Maurice Gran
Love the One You're With

#17 - Love the One You're With

Season 5 - Episode 9 - Aired Apr 20, 1998

Yvonne is signing copies of her just published autobiography. Meanwhile, Gary finds out from the porter in the 1990s that the owner of his 1940s West End flat is going to be killed in a road accident - what is he to do? He finds a new occupier. Then, racked with guilt, he decides to cause a happier ending.

star 7.79
42 votes
Directors: Robin Nash
Writers: Laurence Marks, Maurice Gran
The Bells Are Ringing

#18 - The Bells Are Ringing

Season 4 - Episode 11 - Aired May 20, 1997

Phoebe doesn't think Gary should be at the birth. Yvonne is about to launch a new health product. Gary is at a loss for what to do.

star 7.77
39 votes
Directors: Terry Kinane
Writers: Paul Makin
The Leaving of Liverpool

#19 - The Leaving of Liverpool

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired Apr 8, 1997

Gary is in wartime Liverpool with Phoebe, where Ron's grandfather was supposed to have been a hero, but will the course of history be changed?

star 7.76
41 votes
Directors: Robin Nash
Writers: Geoff Rowley
It's a Sin to Tell a Lie

#20 - It's a Sin to Tell a Lie

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 15, 1996

Gary helps Yvonne with her OU work with a WW2 tale of a Nazi spy and counterfeit money. Ron and Stella are still causing each other grief.

star 7.76
49 votes
Directors: Robin Nash
Writers: Gary Lawson, John Phelps
Heartaches

#21 - Heartaches

Season 4 - Episode 9 - Aired May 6, 1997

Will Gary be on time for his wedding to Phoebe?

star 7.74
38 votes
Directors: Terry Kinane
Writers: Paul Makin
You're Driving Me Crazy

#22 - You're Driving Me Crazy

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Mar 3, 1997

With both his ladies expecting babies, the demands on Gary's time become greater, but not as great as those on his wallet.

star 7.72
46 votes
Directors: Robin Nash
Writers: Laurence Marks, Maurice Gran
We Don't Want to Lose You...

#23 - We Don't Want to Lose You...

Season 5 - Episode 6 - Aired Mar 30, 1998

Yvonne continues to travel for Nature Boy Cosmetics. Gary takes Phoebe to the Cafe Royal, where his false wartime identity finally catches up on him, and he is recruited for a secret mission to the Isle of Wight. However, Yvonne also has a special mission for him. When he arrives at his destination in 1943, the Isle of Wight looks remarkably like France.

star 7.71
35 votes
Directors: Robin Nash
Writers: Sam Lawrence
Mairzy Doats

#24 - Mairzy Doats

Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired Mar 16, 1998

Ron takes advantage of the new ability to use the time gate, and as Gary's supposed commanding officer can do anything he wants. Since Reg has been promoted to a position in Scotland Yard, Ron takes everyone to a West End club to celebrate, but becomes a huge liability for Gary. Unfortunately, Yvonne obtains complimentary tickets to a Chelsea soccer match for the very same evening.

star 7.71
45 votes
Directors: Terry Kinane
Writers: Geoff Rowley
How Long Has This Been Going On?

#25 - How Long Has This Been Going On?

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired Apr 15, 1997

Gary is preparing for Yvonne's return from Korea, but an unexpected arrival at the Royal Oak could cause him even more trouble.

star 7.71
38 votes
Directors: Robin Nash
Writers: Laurence Marks, Maurice Gran